WELCOME TO THE DONATION STATION - LOUDOUN SOCCER'S OUTREACH PROGRAM
KIBERA - Equipment Collection November 2013
One of the greatest feelings in the world is experienced when we give to others - whether it's money, items or time. Loudoun Soccer offers many ways to help you "Give Back" and is always appreciative for the assistance.
Collections - Loudoun Soccer distributes items you donate to The Donation Station (such as soccer equipment, food and other articles) throughout the year to many local, state, national and international organizations. Check out some of our undertakings below.
Volunteering - Whether you need volunteer hours to join the National Honor Society, meet a required number of service hours for school or just want to participate at a more meaningful level, we can assist you in achieving your goal. TOPSoccer Buddies, Goaltenders, Coaches, and Extra Hands are some of the ways you can reach out to help.
Financial Support - There are many players at all levels in need of financial assistance. It may be for fees or equipment. We are committed to making sure that every child wishing to play soccer has the opportunity. Your generous support is invaluable to these families.
Please contact the program director at Sharon.Wells@loudounsoccer.com or 703-618-6076 to find out more about our programs and how you can help. We are currently looking for people to be part of our Volunteer Committee (among other things).
MAKING A DIFFERENCE - Community Outreach November 2013
Loudoun Soccer was a Star Sponsor for the Sanders Corner Elementary School Making A Difference Race held Nov 16, 2013 in Ashburn to honor their Principal Kathy Hwang who died in a car accident last year. It was very well attended and everyone had a great time. Check out the NBC coverage of the race - Making A Difference.
The Loudoun Soccer logo was on the back of the T-shirt with the other Star Sponsors:
Gavin Stevens and Eddie Lima pick up items Loudoun Soccer donated to Kicking Poverty in Kibera
Kibera is the largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya, and the largest urban slum in Africa. Living conditions for its inhabitants are unimaginable. Kibera residents survive on less than one dollar per day, which is not enough to pay for basic schooling, food, and/or medicine. It is estimated that over 50% of Kenyans living in the slums of Kibera are either HIV positive or suffer from AIDS, leaving many orphaned children behind with little hope. Cholera- and Typhoid-related deaths are common due to an insufficient supply of clean water, poor sanitation and hygiene. Malaria is also a major problem due to ineffective waste water drainage that allow infected mosquitoes to breed. Sadly, the life expectancy of Kiberans is only 30yrs of age, and one out of five children do not live to see their 5th birthday.
Gavin Stevens, currently resides in Virginia while his wife lives in Nairobi and networks with several non-profit Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) who provide assistance to Kiberans in need. Of these needs, soccer is a major buffer for keeping kids off the streets and involved in something positive. Many NGO's are using soccer as a vehicle to provide Kiberans additional support to include basic health needs, education, and AIDS prevention.
ZAMBIA - Equipment Collection October 2013
Mark Seager took Loudoun Soccer donations to a conference in Zambia in October and was kind enough to send the following letter of appreciation with pictures to share with our families:
"Thank you for Loudoun Soccer's donations to my Zambia mission trip. It was a really good conference and the soccer gear was well received. Attached is a picture of my host family's children with their soccer balls. Soccer is really popular in Zambia and I gave the shirts to some of the men who helped organize the conference. I've also attached a picture of the men who attended the conference and you'll see a soccer ball you donated front and center. About 50 of the 130 attendees organized a 4-team soccer tournament which served as a fantastic icebreaker since the attendees came from cities and hadn't met prior to the conference. It was humbling to be on the field when many of them were playing barefoot.
Once again, thank you for the soccer supplies, it was really appreciated.
KICK HUNGER - Food Drive October 2013
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Kick Hunger Food Drive that Loudoun Soccer held on Oct 5 & 19 for Loudoun Interfaith Relief. 230 pounds of food were donated to put on their near empty shelves. Let’s Kick Hunger!
Click on the link to the right to view the flyer:
Supervisor Letourneau's fields initiative:
Improving the Utilization and Maintenance of County and School Athletic Facilities